School locked down while police investigate possible shooting in area

By: Audrey Washington

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County elementary school was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning while police investigated a possible shooting nearby, according to police.

Police told Channel 2's Audrey Washington that Fairington Elementary School on the 500 block of Phillip Bradley Drive in Lithonia was locked down due to the incident.

DeKalb police told Washington that they first got a call around 8 a.m. about a person possibly being shot.

Police said a witness reported seeing a driver pull over in the area of Panola Way and Covington Highway and then someone being thrown from the car.

The person who was thrown out, then took out a gun and fired at the driver, the witness reported. Both took off.


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The witness then drove to nearby Farringdon Elementary School and told the principal, who followed protocol and put the school on lockdown. 

One woman traveling down Covington Highway told Washington she was one of many drivers stopped by police near the scene.

“Telling everybody to move, move, move!” Tamela Beatty said. “It was really rough. Scary.”

Beatty’s child attends the school nearby and said the principal did the right thing.

“I have a child who goes to school in this area and it makes you wonder if she’s safe there,” she said. 

Police told Washington they didn’t see anything when they got to the scene.

Still, neighbors said they’re being extra cautious just in case the individuals involved are still in the area.

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